Cherlyn Michaels was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in Cleveland, OH. Her first writing experiences were in grade school when she developed her first character, Marzina the Martian, and wrote, produced, and starred in her first play, 'The Black Cinderella,' ' a comedic version of the Cinderella fairy tale. She continued to write sporadically over the years and has accumulated a small collection of short stories and poems.
In 1996, Cherlyn graduated with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. The semester before graduating, she packed her belongings and headed to the thriving metropolis of Cleveland, Ohio. Homeless, jobless, and nearly penniless, (she fearlessly thrived on risks at the time) she made a way for herself and began her Engineering career at an automotive coatings and resins company. In 2002, she accepted an Engineering position with a Japanese automobile manufacturer in Northern Kentucky.
After one year of completion, Cherlyn opted to put her M.B.A. degree on hold to pursue her dream of completing and publishing her first novel. In June of 2002, she began by studying writing, attended conferences, taking writing courses, and attending UCLA Extension and other workshops. She attended the Voices of Our Nations Arts Master's Workshop with Terry McMillan in the summer of 2003 where McMillan autographed a copy of her own novel by saying, 'Cheryl, you can write your butt off...' To kick off her career as a writer, Cherlyn drafted nine story lines. In January of 2003, she chose to begin her writing career with one of them: Counting Raindrops through a Stained Glass Window.
Cherlyn is a member of Authors Supporting Authors Positively, The Serious Novelists, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. With each book it publishes, her publishing company, Archland Books, strives to donate to charities that aid in the development of underprivileged children or reading programs for children and adults. For Counting Raindrops, the charities are the Marshall Faulk Foundation and Diamond Kids.
Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window
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Format: Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: September 2005
'The surest way to ruin a relationship is to marry the man you love.' At least that's what Vanella Morris believes. So when Alton, her longtime boyfriend and the love of her life, proposes, Vanella is faced with a dilemma: Unable to convince Alton to skip the vows and just live together, does she walk away from happiness because of her fears, or ignore her commitment concerns and risk the possibility of marital hell on earth?
Cherlyn Michaels self-published Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window in January 2004. She was the 2003 Shades of Romance Magazine Best New Multicultural Author of the Year and nominated for the African American Literary Awards Show Open Book Award for Best Self-Published Author of the Year. She has appeared and signed books at over 30 bookstores and festivals around the country. Michaels is a chemical engineer and is working on her second novel. Born in St. Louis, she lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
through a Stained Glass Window
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Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Archland Books
Publication Date: January, 2004 (Limited prerelease November, 2003)
In her debut novel, Cherlyn Michaels boldly turns the tables in challenging the
institution of modern day marriage. Instead of her male counterpart, it is the
female main character that has a fear of marriage and wants to avoid it at all
costs. Vanella Morris believes in and follows her self subscribed O-theory: The
surest way to ruin a relationship is to marry the man you love. So, when her man
proposes, she is heartbroken that she cannot convince a pro-marriage Alton Good
to skip the wedding and just live together. As she struggles to salvage her
relationship, an unveiled family secret destroys the foundation of her fear, and
she again comes face to face with the question of marriage. But this time, it's
from an unexpected source. Even so, the question remains of whether or not she
can get beyond her O-theory and marry the man that she loves.
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